March hurricanes- just how rare?

In eastern North Carolina, March is a month of great atmospheric variability. Some of our largest snowstorms occurred in March, as well as some of our deadliest tornado outbreaks. But North Carolina has never experienced a hurricane in March. In fact, in the past 150+ years of reliable record-keeping, only 1 hurricane formed in March in the Atlantic Ocean.

On March 6 of 1908, a tropical system was detected by ship a few hundred miles north of the Leeward Islands. The storm travelled southwest towards the Caribbean Sea, crossing the US Virgin Islands as a Category 2 hurricane.

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Maximum winds peaked at 100 mph with a central pressure reading of 29.30 inches. The storm weakened in the central Caribbean, and dissipated completely by March 10.

jerry-jackson Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

 

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